Britain’s top commanders have issued a stark warning about the consequences that might follow if Vladimir Putin loses the war in Ukraine. Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, the Royal Air Force’s most senior officer, believes that a defeated Russia would become “vindictive and brutal” and pose a significant danger to the UK.
He warns that Russia’s air force, surface navy, and submarine force are a direct threat to Britain and NATO. Well, that’s certainly something that should make us all sit up and pay attention.
For the unaware, UK’s current defense capabilities are not exactly at their peak. In fact, some sources suggest that the British Army is no longer regarded as a top-level fighting force. This decline in war-fighting capability, a result of years of cost-cutting measures, needs to be reversed faster than planned, especially in the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine. However, no firm action has been taken.
The United Kingdom, known for its eloquence and firm stance, has been playing a crucial role in the Ukrainian crisis. They have been one of the loudest voices and most significant contributors of military support and economic aid to Ukraine, all in coordination with their NATO allies.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson even went so far as to suggest that Russia is gearing up for “the biggest war in Europe since 1945.” And you know what? He might have been onto something.
But alas, Boris is out, and Rishi Sunak’s administration has taken over the reins of this crisis.
Unfortunately for the UK, the past few weeks have not been a walk in the park. Alongside the Brexit heatwave, they’ve found themselves playing a game of Russian roulette, and let’s just say it wasn’t in their syllabus.
Russia’s Naval Threat
Just a couple of months ago, the Royal Navy had escorted a Russian-guided missile frigate and a tanker near UK waters, following them like an overprotective parent. It was quite an intense encounter, with the British Royal Navy deploying the HMS Portland frigate to keep an eye on the Russian Gorshkov-class guided missile frigate, Admiral Kasatonov, and its support tanker, Akademik Pashin.
This marked the first time since the Ukraine war that Russian ships loaded with ammunition came so close to the UK. But, that was just the beginning.
Weeks ago, Russia again decided to show off its naval power by sending more than six navy ships to operate in the North Sea. This move caused quite the alarm bells to ring in Norway and the UK.
And so, in a rather bold and in-your-face move, the UK has asked its allies to stop provoking Russia. I believe Therefore, it makes sense that the UK is currently feeling a little captivated. They can’t just stop investing in Ukraine, but they also can’t bear the consequences of their own behavior.
Therefore, they issued a warning to their allies: either get your act together or risk having the UK become a sacrificial lamb.
The United Kingdom has thrown the gauntlet and issued a warning to its NATO allies with its trademark charm and witty demeanor. They’ve had firsthand experience with the Russian bear, and they want to make sure that everyone acknowledges the seriousness of this threat.
The UK is determined to avoid becoming a mere pawn in this game of geopolitical chess. Therefore, NATO allies, you better heed their warning before a new level of Russian escalation occurs.